CHUNGJU, South Korea — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor finished fifth Sunday in the final of the women’s single sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Championships.
Logan qualified for the six-person final at the newly constructed Tangeum International Regatta Course with a third-place finish in Friday’s semifinal heat.
In that race she trailed only 2012 Olympic single sculls bronze medalist Kim Crow of Australia and Emma Twigg of New Zealand, fourth at the London Games, and those two also finished 1-2 in the final.
The 25-year-old Logan, an Olympic champion in the women’s eight at both the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Games in London, began concentrating on singles competition just last fall.
She started her first world championship final in that event on the outside of the field in Lane 6 and fell to sixth place after the first 500 meters of the 2,000-meter race.
But she gradually moved up, first to fifth place through 1,000 meters and then to fourth at the 1,500-meter mark before finishing fifth in a time of 7 minutes, 42.56 seconds.
Crow started the race quickly and established a boat-length lead by the first timing marker at 500 meters. She continued to extend that margin and in the second half of the race moved out to an open water lead with Twigg and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic battling stroke for stroke for second place well ahead of the other three competitors.
Crow remained in front through the finish line to earn her first world championship title with a winning time of 7:31.34. Twigg was next in 7:33.57 and Knapkova won the bronze with a time of 7:36.88.
“This was a long week, with so much time to get nervous and anxious,” Crow said after the race. “The race plan today was for the first 500 just to be in my own boat, so the first time I looked up at 750 meters I was surprised to see that I was ahead. From that moment on, I just kept going stroke after stroke to the finish line.”